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Mary's Enchanting Journey

As an avid traveler with a passion for history and culture, Japan has always been a dream destination for me. This autumn, I finally made my way to this captivating land, and one of the highlights I eagerly anticipated was visiting Inuyama Castle.

Arriving at Inuyama Castle

Early in the morning, I set off from Nagoya, taking a short train ride to Inuyama. Upon arriving in this quaint town, I was immediately struck by the serene atmosphere and the sight of Inuyama Castle perched atop a hill, its white walls standing out against the lush greenery. Known for being one of Japan's oldest surviving castles, Inuyama Castle holds a special place in Japanese history.

Exploring the Castle

Inside the castle grounds, my first stop was the main keep, a four-story wooden structure that dates back to 1537. As I approached the entrance, I was greeted by our guide, Mr. David. Fluent in English and brimming with knowledge about Inuyama Castle’s history, David provided us with detailed maps and pointed out key sites and important information.

Echoes of History

Inuyama Castle, also known as the "White Imperial Castle," was constructed by Oda Nobuyasu, an uncle of the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga. It played a crucial role during the Sengoku period as a strategic defense point along the Kiso River. David led us through the castle, explaining how it changed hands numerous times throughout history, serving various daimyo and enduring several battles. He vividly described the castle’s strategic importance and its architectural features, such as the narrow, steep staircases designed to slow down invaders.

Thoughtful Service

Throughout the tour, David was incredibly attentive. He provided foldable chairs for us to rest when we got tired and handed out bottles of refreshing mineral water on this warm day. When I mentioned my interest in the castle’s defensive mechanisms, David took me to a special exhibit showcasing various artifacts, including old weapons and samurai armor. He patiently explained the significance of each piece, sharing stories about the samurai who once defended the castle. His passion for history made the experience even more engaging and educational.

Discovering Local Culture

After exploring the main keep, I followed David's recommendation and visited a nearby traditional tea house to sample some local delicacies. The tea house was beautifully decorated, exuding a tranquil Japanese ambiance. I tasted matcha tea and wagashi (Japanese sweets), which were both exquisite. David had arranged for us to participate in a short tea ceremony, where the tea master explained each step with great care. The experience was both relaxing and culturally enriching, adding a special touch to our visit.


As the afternoon sun began to set, casting a warm glow on the castle’s white walls, I reluctantly left Inuyama Castle. This visit not only allowed me to witness Japan’s history firsthand but also to experience the unique charm of Inuyama. From the magnificent architecture of Inuyama Castle to its historical stories, and the attentive service of Mr. David, everything deepened my appreciation of Japanese culture.

Back at my hotel, I eagerly wrote down the day’s experiences in my travel journal. Inuyama Castle, with its historic grandeur and serene beauty, will always hold a special place in my memories. I look forward to the day I can return to this land and uncover more of its mysteries.


As an American tourist, my visit to Inuyama Castle not only satisfied my thirst for history but also allowed me to deeply experience the unique charm of Japanese culture. Whether you are a history enthusiast or a casual visitor, Inuyama Castle is a must-see destination that will provide you with an unforgettable journey. The thoughtful service of our guide, Mr. David, made this trip truly perfect.

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